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Shock [DVD] [1946] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Vincent Price , Lynn Bari , Alfred L. Werker    DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Vincent Price, Lynn Bari, Frank Latimore, Anabel Shaw, Stephen Dunne
  • Directors: Alfred L. Werker
  • Writers: Albert DeMond, Eugene Ling, Martin Berkeley
  • Producers: Aubrey Schenck
  • Format: Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FKO3VM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,636 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shock to the heart but Vinnie's not to blame. 15 April 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Janet Stewert, whilst waiting to meet her returning from World War II husband, Paul, witnesses a murder. Stricken with shock, Janet is hospitalised and placed in the care of of noted psychiatrist Dr. Cross. Trouble is, is that it was Dr. Cross who committed the murder!.

Vincent Price (Dr. Cross) was of course synonymous with the horror genre. A real classy actor whose ability sometimes gets forgotten due to his participation in the murder death kill part of cinematic lore. Here in this low level B movie we find Price the sole reason for sitting thru the picture to the end. For although the premise is as solid as it gets, and the setting is ripe for dark deed like shenanigans, Shock is immeasurably dull. Director Alfred L. Werker and his screenplay writer Eugene Ling, adapt Albert DeMond's story with the clear intention of crafting a potboiler. But sadly, in spite of Price's efforts, they forgot to turn the heat up! Full of drawn out musings that get repeated throughout, the film also feels like it's going round in circles. It's tolerable in the main because the story at least has the viewer intrigued as to the outcome, but come the tepid finale one is left with a feeling of being cheated out of a promised ignition of fuel. As for the rest of the cast,? Lynn Bari gives the only other performance of note, but it's a by the bye character and nothing for her to get her teeth into. While a couple of moody scenes at the sanitarium do at least perk up the plodding story, particularly one during a thunder storm. But they are but mere false dawns.

Thankfully only running at 70 minutes, Shock doesn't take too much out of ones life. But really it's one for Vincent Price completists only, and ultimately the film stands as a very wasted opportunity. 4/10
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish from Elstree DVD 20 Nov 2010
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I am a fan of Vincent Price and never seen or heard of this film I brought it. however, the dvd is released by Elstree DVD. the picture quality is poor and the sound awful. the film looks like it has been recorded from a video tape onto a dvd disc. cheap lousy output. I have had other dvds by Elstree in the past and they are the same poor output and cheap lousy dvd's I just thought that by now Elstree would of brought good out by now quality dvds avoid anything by Elstree DVD. I understand you can get this film from America (region 1) and it is released by 20th century fox. at least if, you have a multi-regional dvd player you no doubt will get a good dvd more better then the crap Elstree dvd put out.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
What is there about cheap B-movie noirs from the Forties that make them so perfect a way to waste a couple of hours? For the most part, there's usually just adequate acting, deadly serious detectives, obvious music scores and plodding direction. My guess is that it's the comfort of the predictable, the efficient style (Shock takes only 70 minutes and was shot in 19 days), the black-and-white noir look achieved with lots of night scenes and odd dark shadows, the undemanding plots and, of course, the murders. It helps, too, if you're on the brink of doddering old age and can remember watching some of them in your neighborhood movie house.

In Shock, young wife Janet Stewart (Anabel Shaw) arrives at the Belmont Arms Hotel in San Francisco to meet her soldier husband, Lt. Paul Stewart (Frank Latimore). He's coming home after two years as a prisoner of war. There's a mix-up with her reservation and then her husband doesn't arrive. The hotel manager let's her stay overnight in a suite, and there she not only has a nightmare but, looking out the window into the adjoining suite, she witnesses a man use a heavy candlestick to crush his wife's skull. When her husband arrives the next morning, he finds her in a catatonic state of shock. And guess which psychiatrist who has a suite in the hotel is called upon to examine her. (No spoilers here. All is known in the first six minutes.) Yes, it's Dr. Richard Cross (Vincent Price)...the man who is the murderer.

It's not long before Dr. Cross has convinced Lt. Stewart to let him care for his wife at his private sanatorium. Death may be one of the therapies he prescribes for her.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Damn meddling husband 4 Feb 2012
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Anabel Shaw (Janet) gets thrown into some kind of zombie-like state after witnessing a murder. She is transferred to Vincent Price's (Dr Cross) psychiatric institution to 'recover' only recovery for her is the last thing on Price's mind. Both he and nurse Lynn Bari (Elaine) have been conducting an affair and the murder that Shaw witnessed was Price murdering his wife. And Price knows that she saw. Bari isn't too keen on having this witness around either. The film follows their attempts to prevent Shaw from telling the truth. They need to keep her sedated ....... or worse....

The film starts interestingly enough as we follow a spooky dream sequence and witness the murder through the eyes of Anabel Shaw while she waits for her husband in a hotel room. Unfortunately, we then get a dumb contrast as we are asked to believe that Shaw becomes rendered permanently speechless and wide-eyed as a result. It's laughable. All credibility and sympathy that we may have had for her character is thrown out of the window as she demonstrates an incredibly soppy, weak personality. It's also a bit of an insult to viewers considering the time of war and the atrocities that people would have had to see on a daily basis. Yet this pathetic figure can't handle someone being knocked on the head. Honestly! Just for that, I watched the film urging both Price and Bari to finish her off and hopefully get away with it. Go on Price and Bari, do what you gotta do...!!...

It's an OK film that never quite gathers momentum but Vincent Price and Lynn Bari are strong enough to carry the proceedings through to a rather messy and rushed finale.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vincent Price, in the living room, with a candlestick holder... 11 Sep 2006
By cookieman108 - Published on Amazon.com
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From the Fox Noir series comes Shock (1946), a dark, entertaining little film featuring Vincent Price (The Fly, The Tingler, The Abominable Dr. Phibes) and Lynn Bari (Charlie Chan in City in Darkness, The Amazing Mr. X). Directed by Alfred L. Werker (He Walked by Night), the film also features Anabel Shaw (Home, Sweet Homicide, Gun Crazy), Frank Latimore (The Razor's Edge), Stephen Dunne (The Dark Past), and Charles Trowbridge (Valley of the Zombies).

As the film begins we see a woman named Janet Stewart (Shaw) checking into a San Franciscan hotel with the intent on meeting her husband Paul (Latimore), a lieutenant in the military who's been missing for the past couple years, only recently rescued from a POW camp, or something like that. Anyway, while anxiously awaiting the arrival of husband (two years is a long time to go without any action, and I should know), Janet witnesses a murder from her balcony as a man across the way bludgeons his wife to death during a heated argument. When Paul finally arrives, he finds his wife in a state of shock, unable to move or speak, presumably brought on by that which she witnessed earlier. The hotel doctor is called in, but seeing Janet's condition as something out of his league, he refers her to another hotel resident, a specialist in this sort of thing, named Dr. Richard Cross (Price), who also happens to be the same man Janet witnessed clubbing his now dead wife. Richard, quickly realizing the cause Janet's catatonic state, recommends she be taken to his private sanitarium for further `treatment'. Upon their arrival at the sanitarium we meet a nurse in attendance, one named Elaine Jordan (Bari), who happens to also be Richard's girlfriend (and the cause of the spat between Richard and his now dead wife). After getting Elaine up to speed on current events (she seems unusually cool about everything), she and Richard begin making plans to not only take care of the body of Richard's now deceased wife, but to also deal with the only witness to the crime who ain't saying much in her current state, but represents a real threat that when the shock wears off, she'll most likely spill the beans.

I enjoyed this film a lot, especially the performances by both Price and Bari, both of which represented the main strength of the feature, in my opinion. I've always been a fan of Vincent Price, particularly his ability to take on a role and make it seem believable. I found it very easy to buy off on the pretense of his being an eminent physician in the psychiatric field, one who specialized in disorders of the mind. I'm generally used to his more garish and over-the-top performances as in his later, straight up horror features, so it was interesting seeing him in an early, more restrained role, comparatively speaking (either way he's fun to watch). I thought Ms. Bari, who's displayed more prominently than Price on the DVD case artwork, also did a wonderful job, and I'm not just saying that because I'm partial to spicy brunettes. Her character was a subtly wicked piece of work, along with being extremely easy on the eyes, and it was easy to see how someone might go to such extremes in an effort to maintain a relationship with her (I don't know that I'd commit murder for her, but I might consider maiming someone for her affections). One really interesting element with the two characters was how Richard often felt the pangs of remorse or regret for his `un-Hippocratic' behavior, only to find a certain amount of appeasement from Elaine, who was driven by only one, encompassing desire, to be with Richard free and clear, no matter what had to be done to ensure the safety of the relationship (further cementing my belief that women are truly evil). As far as Shaw and Latimore's characters, they start off well enough, but their characters quickly fall into the realm of one dimensionality once the screenplay properly introduces Price's character. I thought there were some real opportunities to make them into more that what they were, but it wasn't to be especially given the film runs a mere 70 minutes and it seems more or less a showcase for Price. Sometimes I gripe about a film running too long, containing extraneous and unnecessary material, but in this case I think it was the opposite. There seemed a number of areas that could have been more developed (a couple of the characters, the disposition of Richard's wife's body, the subsequent police investigation, the horror of being stuck in a mental institution run by someone who knows you witnessed them murdering someone else, etc.). All in all the production values were decent enough, the direction capable, the key performances wonderful, but the screenplay seemed less than it could have been, resulting in a moderately solid film that could have been a whole lot more. Regardless, it's worth checking out, especially if you're a fan of Price.

The picture, presented in fullscreen (1.33:1), comes across very clean and clear, and the Dolby Digital audio, available in both English mono and stereo and Spanish mono, sounds wonderful. As far as special features there's an entertaining commentary track by film writer and historian John Stanley, liner notes, subtitles in both English and Spanish, and trailers for other features including Boomerang! (1947), Fourteen Hours (1951), House of Strangers (1949), I Wake Up Screaming (1941), Laura (1944), Vicki (1953), and Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950).

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A shock to the system 9 Aug 2006
By Daniel Lee Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Another one of the mid 1940's film noir examples. Vincent Price play the doctor with evil intent. After murdering his wife, he has the chance to do in the only witness to his crime. Will he or not? This is not a classic by any means, but Vincent Price is always fun to watch. This is a good example to watch from the period if you are unfamilar with it. It is also good if you are familar because this is not all that well known. Either way it is worth a watch.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vincent Price hoot 21 Jan 2004
By Karen Sampson Hudson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I am an unabashed fan of ALL Vincent Price films, as I enjoy tremendously the actor's campy romp through melodrama. "Shock", from 1946, displays Price in his glory as a killer psychiatrist in love with a ruthless nurse who eggs him on in his plot to silence a woman who was a witness to his crime.
The woman's soldier husband, freshly home from WWII and familiar with the syndrome of soldiers suffering from "shock", accepts Price's self-serving diagnosis of his wife. As the plot grinds on, providing at least a laugh a minute, he slowly begins to believe his wife rather than her doctor. Truth prevails in the end of this satisfying film, which provides the viewer with "escape from reality" on several levels. Recommended!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This may be a plodding B noir, but it has the terrific queen of the B's, Lynn Bari 20 Feb 2009
By C. O. DeRiemer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
What is there about cheap B-movie noirs from the Forties that make them so perfect a way to waste a couple of hours? For the most part, there's usually just adequate acting, deadly serious detectives, obvious music scores and plodding direction. My guess is that it's the comfort of the predictable, the efficient style (Shock takes only 70 minutes and was shot in 19 days), the black-and-white noir look achieved with lots of night scenes and odd dark shadows, the undemanding plots and, of course, the murders. It helps, too, if you're on the brink of doddering old age and can remember watching some of them in your neighborhood movie house.

In Shock, young wife Janet Stewart (Anabel Shaw) arrives at the Belmont Arms Hotel in San Francisco to meet her soldier husband, Lt. Paul Stewart (Frank Latimore). He's coming home after two years as a prisoner of war. There's a mix-up with her reservation and then her husband doesn't arrive. The hotel manager let's her stay overnight in a suite, and there she not only has a nightmare but, looking out the window into the adjoining suite, she witnesses a man use a heavy candlestick to crush his wife's skull. When her husband arrives the next morning, he finds her in a catatonic state of shock. And guess which psychiatrist who has a suite in the hotel is called upon to examine her. (No spoilers here. All is known in the first six minutes.) Yes, it's Dr. Richard Cross (Vincent Price)...the man who is the murderer.

It's not long before Dr. Cross has convinced Lt. Stewart to let him care for his wife at his private sanatorium. Death may be one of the therapies he prescribes for her. Egging him on is his lover, nurse Elaine Jordan (Lynn Bari), a woman who sees nothing especially wrong with mixing up injections, turning a deranged patient on to young Janet, overdosing Janet with insulin as part of shock therapy or just having her committed to an insane asylum for life. Nurse Jordan must have missed the class on do no harm.

Let's face it, Shock is plodding but it has three advantages. First, as noted, is the comfort of the predictable. We're a step ahead of the writer and director all of the time. Even the half-hearted twist gives us a quiet smile of superiority. Outguessing journeymen directors may not seem like much, but it's better than napping. Second, the movie has a nice noir look. There's a nifty nightmare scene, some terrific shadows and a scary night scene with that deranged patient creeping around the sanatorium.

Last...and first...is Lynn Bari. She was a first-class actor who never was able to break into A-movie lead roles. Bari was versatile and believable. She was sexy, all right, and could be warm, scheming, supportive, destructive, noble, vicious, friendly, you name it. She was queen of the Bs. Just look at her here as a scheming nurse, and then look at her in two other movies from 1946. In Nocturne she pairs with George Raft and is amusing and desirable. In Home Sweet Homicide, she's the mother of three kids and a mystery writer. Bari makes a great mom as well as a great love interest for a bachelor police detective. Not least, Bari had one of the sexiest speaking voices in the movies. I'd put her photo in my wallet any day.

Shock looks just fine. There are no extras except an audio commentary I didn't listen to by a man named John Stanley.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic story plot 4 stars terrible dvd transfer 0 stars 15 Jan 2004
By Tonya - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Loved the story!Excellent mystery and suspense thriller.An excellent plot about a woman witnessing a murder and has a break down and is commited to an asylum. I do not want to say no more it will spoil the surprise!!! The picture was dark and grainy and sound quality poor. I could not enjoy the picture. Lousy dvd transfer!! I agree with laurent burel's posting. Do not buy this dvd until a better transfer comes along!!!rent it!I give it 4 stars because I loved Vincent Price and good story plot 0 stars for quality of dvd!
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